Comment 36118

By Downtown Defender (anonymous) | Posted December 08, 2009 at 02:46:01

If people are that easily intimidated by some of the local downtown scene, its no wonder things never change. Going to the Movies? try Jackson square Theatres instead of Silver City. Going out to dinner? Try one of the many restuarants on James or King William or one of the many others in the area. Shopping? Try Jackson Square or check out some of the newer businesses on King East. Interested in Art? try the Art Crawl on James North or the Hamilton Art Gallery. going to the Pub? Try The Honest Lawyer or go to Slaintes. Grocery shopping? Try the Farmer's Market. Looking to be entertained? Try the many events at Skydragon or check out Theatre Aquarius etc. There are a tonne of things to do downtown if you can get over any prejudice based on looks and income, take it from somoenone who is downtown often, the average "punk" or "welfare mom" will not harm you and has little interested in you or why you are there.

We can all lament what could be and seek change but why not just do it. Media and discussions like this paint such a bleak picture, the stalwart merchants and service providers downtown have to dig deep to stay alive on the premise that people will eventually come once some sort of unspecified change happens. Why Wait?

I feel no more in danger there than I do anywhere in Hamilton. As long as you are aware, you can easily have a great time.

So instead of waiting for politicians to"clean up" the core, make it your own space and things can only get better. Without your support nothing will change.

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